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Nurse Supervisor Interview Questions

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Brittanie Young is an HR Consultant with over 7 years of experience helping companies improve their employee experience through strategic talent management initiatives.

Nurse Supervisor was published on December 3rd, 2021. Learn more here.

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What do you feel you are uniquely bringing to the table as the new Nurse Manager?

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List of 30 Nurse Supervisor Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    What do you feel you are uniquely bringing to the table as the new Nurse Manager?

  2. 2.

    How do you stay organized with documentation and record keeping? What do you do when the nurses you supervise don't adhere to same organization process as you?

  3. 3.

    Have you experienced a time when you were unable to train clinical nursing staff in the use of a new piece of equipment?

  4. 4.

    What is your experience in training and managing team performance?

  5. 5.

    How do you keep up with the constant changes in the nursing and healthcare field?

  6. 6.

    How do you maintain work-life balance when nursing gets stressful? How do you encourage your team to do the same?

  7. 7.

    What are the most difficult aspects of managing a team of nurses? What are the most rewarding?

  8. 8.

    What do you hope to gain from this position?

  9. 9.

    How do you explain medications, treatments, or healthcare situations without using a lot of medical or healthcare jargon?

  10. 10.

    Retaining skilled nurses can be a challenge to manage. What steps have you taken in the past to improve retention? How effective were the changes?

  11. 11.

    If you were offered the job, what would you hope to accomplish in the first 90 days?

  12. 12.

    Describe a time when you were particularly proud of your healthcare team. What was your role in this situation?

  13. 13.

    What would you do if a patient complained to you about one of the nurses under your care?

  14. 14.

    Tell me about a difficult case you handled as a nurse. How did it help you become a better nurse and how will you use these skills to support your team?

  15. 15.

    How do you balance nursing priorities with management priorities?

  16. 16.

    How would you describe your leadership style?

  17. 17.

    Tell me about a time you had to give a member of your team a negative performance review. What was the outcome?

  18. 18.

    How do you effectively lead your team during times of change?

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    How do you deal with conflicts between team members? What are some guidelines you put into place to keep peace among your team?

  20. 20.

    Describe a time you and a doctor had to collaborate. Was there conflict? If so, what did you do to resolve the issue?

  21. 21.

    What interests you most about this facility and this particular clinical setting?

  22. 22.

    Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems with a patient and you conducted preventative measures.

  23. 23.

    Can you describe a time you implemented a new program of study?

  24. 24.

    What types of patients did you deal with as a nurse? What is the typical volume of patients you handle each shift?

  25. 25.

    Give me an example of a time you improved efficiency in clinical operations. What was the outcome?

  26. 26.

    What do you find is the hardest part of being a nurse?

  27. 27.

    Imagine that, during your shift, multiple patients are having emergencies at once. How would you address this situation? Please explain your reasoning.

  28. 28.

    Please describe a typical day in the working life of a Nurse Manager.

  29. 29.

    Explain how you deal with a patient who is aggressive and refuses medication.

  30. 30.

    What do you think are the major challenges you will face in this job?